OMPAN Commended For Championing Online Media Practice

By Celestine Okeh

The online media practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) Ebonyi State chapter, has been commended for unitiziling the emergence of information communication technology in driving the course of media practice in the state.

The Senior Special Assistant to Ebonyi State Governor on Legal Services and Conflict Resolution  gave the commendation when the group led by the state Chairman, Comrade Celestine Okeh, paid him a courtesy visit in his office, old Government House, Abakaliki, recently.

He urged the journalists to always be committed in making improvement while discharging their duties, adding that people across the globe need a continuous flow of information as the world evolves on daily basis.

The Legal Luminary urged the media practitioners to guide against spreading of fake news, stressing that many people just because they afforded any phone began to flood the Cyber space with unverifiable stories, not minding the negative implications to the society as far as internet is accessible.

He further advised the media men to utilize the revolutionary trends in the technological system to make profits in their profession by not becoming inimical to the society through dissemination of falsehoods and whatever may fuel crisis at any point in time.
According to him, "in discharging your duties as Journalists, if you don't sustain interests of the people, they will gradually loose confidence on you and your media organization."

He expressed happiness that the Association is made up of trained journalist and would be operating with optimum ethical standard, thereby publishing and circulating a true and verified story, "ensuring it is objective, fair and balanced."

"This must be done by journalists with a serious commitment and responsibility by using their quality time going through the stories - the good, the bad and the ugly, to make a meaningful impact, both in the conflict resolution, in discussion and other areas before publication."

He however, challenged the OMPAN members especially those practicing in Ebonyi, to observe that they owe the state, a responsibility of building and sustaining the present and future her reputation through their various media organizations.

He noted that the state has improved in area of infrastructure, gaining grounds in advancing different spheres of human endeavours, and advised the media practitioners to be projecting the society in a good light by challenging 'the fake news wings of this era, especially on social media.'

Earlier, the State OMPAN Chairman, Comrade Celestine Okeh of Ebonyi Times Online Newspapers, congratulated and commended the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor for his steadfastness and quality services since his appointment in the office.

Okeh noted that the essence of the visit was to seek for a workable media partnership with his office, in projecting its activities, knowing the strategic importance of peace in the society.

On their part, Dr Tiben Benz Nwali of the Leaders Prime Newspapers and Comrade Israel Mbam of the People's Guide Newspapers, corroborated the earlier statement of the Chairman and Commended the Barr. Emeka Nwode for his commitment in the maintenance of peace in all parts of state.

In his vote of thanks, the secretary of the Association, Comrade Ndubuisi Nwogha, thanked the SSA for the warm reception and assured him of greater commitment in objectively,  projecting the activities of his office.

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